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Green Cracked Brittlegill ( Russula Virescens)- Identification

Green Cracked Brittlegill/Summer/Autumn/Edible

Scientific Name

Russula Virescens




Found mainly in broad leaved woodland especially with Oak and Beech sometimes with Pine


An uncommon member of the Russula family that is found in the late summer and autumn. It has a green cap that has cracks towards the edges and grey or tan spots on the top.

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Identifying Features for Green Cracked Brittlegill:


Green and tan cracked areas towards the edges, on top of a white/cream background. Convex then opening flat

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white and snaps like stick of chalk


Adnexed white/cream gills that are fairly crowded and brittle when handled. Adnexed gills

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Slight mushroomy smell.


White to cream


good whilst fresh however better dried for infusing a rich mushroom flavour.

In food

Good tasting mushroom however the taste is improved by drying the mushroom. where it can then be used to create rich tasting stock for soups, ramens and stews.


found mainly with oak and beech from September through to November.

Known hazards

No other mushrooms look like this, even in the Russula family. however you should always apply the four step Russula test.

Potential lookalikes

It is difficult to confuse this mushroom with any other Russula however you should go through the four step Russula check:
-Snap – Does the stem snap like a piece of chalk?
-Flick – Do the gills break when you flick them gently?
-Peel – Does the skin on the cap peel away?
-Taste–  this should only be done when you have gone through the other steps and are confident that you have a Russula. If a tiny amount placed on the tongue a chilli like burn or tingle means the mushroom is poisonous but a pleasant mushroomy taste means it is edible.

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